Wildfire death toll rises in Turkey

Turkey’s wildfires continue for 6th  day. Fires across Turkey since Wednesday,28th July 2021, have burned down forests, encroaching on villages and tourist destinations and forcing people to evacuate. About 70 wildfires have broken out across 17 provinces on the country’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, according to local officials, fanned by strong winds and scorching temperatures

At least five people have died in Manavgat and one died in Marmaris. Both towns are located on the Mediterranean and are tourist destinations.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 400 people affected by the fires in Manavgat were discharged from hospitals and 10 were still receiving treatment. In Marmaris, 159 people were treated and one person was still undergoing treatment for burns.

New fires erupted in southern Hatay province where flames jumped to populated areas but appear to have been brought under control

Erdogan said the number of planes fighting the fires had been increased from six to 13, including planes from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran, and that thousands of Turkish personnel as well as dozens of helicopters and drones were assisting the firefighting efforts.

In Greece, five villages have been evacuated in the Peloponnese region, where temperatures are expected to reach up to 45C this week. Strong winds and soaring heatwave temperatures across southern Europe have fuelled the destructive fires. Experts say climate change increases both the frequency and intensity of such blazes.